The first things to do is to consider what your family is looking for in a private school and why.
The top five reasons why parents chose private schools for their children are all related to school climate and classroom management: including “better student discipline”, “better learning environment”, “smaller class sizes”, “improved student safety”, and “more individual attention for my child”.
The choice of school is highly personal for most families but please remember: -
Budget: Private schools cost money. Some cost a little, and some cost a lot. So, take a hard look at the family budget. How much money is available per child? Are there any expenses the family is willing to give up as you make the choice for private education? What are the quality schools in Bangkok that are realistic choices for your budget?
Remember . . .
RBIS fees start from: THB 225,000 per annum
RBIS fees averaging: THB 385,000 per annum
Location, Location, Location:
Location is a major factor in parents’ decision-making process.
If a school isn’t reasonably close to home or work then travelling time in Bangkok city will be an issue and the school probably can’t stay on the list. This cuts most families’ lists down from a city-wide 160 international schools to a dozen local choices at the most.
Do your initial research and starting six months at a year in advance is good timing.
Checking school profiles on their websites is a great way to quickly find accessible information. Contact the school admissions personnel to ask initial questions and please attend a school Open Morning.
The RBIS Admissions Team will be your first point of contact
You will find them warm, friendly and able to answer your questions.
You will find that our Admissions Team are focused on customer service, and we are sure that you will find this true of the other members of the school’s Administration Team and RBIS in general.
Class size: Class size, or student-to-teacher ratio, can be a measure of quality and of how much attention individual students are likely to receive. Conventional wisdom says that smaller class sizes are better: the fewer students a teacher has, the more personal attention he or she can give each one.
Although RBIS is a small school, our students consistently achieve some of the best academic results in Thailand. Smaller class sizes provide the opportunity for personal attention and additional instructional help. The advantage provided by RBIS class sizes mean that students are more likely to participate in class and become more involved, allowing teachers more time to cover additional material and use more supplementary texts and enrichment activities.
Enrollment and Stability: Fee-paying schools come in all sizes.
The size of RBIS allows for better engagement with parents and brings the strong feeling of a close-knit community. With the experience that comes from providing educational service to the city of Bangkok for close to 50 years RBIS brings a feeling of stability and strength. At a time of unease in some profit driven establishments, the quality of educational services and exceptional value for money has seen RBIS grow from strength to strength both in student numbers and academic achievements.
Accreditation: A private school tends to be independent in nature and accountable to the school’s Board of Management. The thorough review provided by a school’s accreditation serves as the primary external seal of approval that a school is meeting its stated objectives.
RBIS is very proud to be an ISQM school, fully accredited by the Education Development Trust (EDT) based in the UK. Our accreditation is used as a quality benchmark and acts as a major contributor to continuous school and teacher improvement. RBIS is a registered Examination Centre for the Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE and A level Examinations, and an approved centre for Pearson BTEC Qualifications.
Culture: But it’s true that private schools each have their own distinct culture. Some academically selective schools are known for a culture of rigor and excellence, for their focus on science and technology, or for their immersive arts focus.
We advise that you should evaluate a school’s culture through campus visits and through talking with teachers and with parents of current students to gain a sense of whether a schools’ culture is a good fit for their children.
To book your own personal RBIS guided tour and to arrange an opportunity to meet the senior leadership team at a time convenient for your diary – please contact the RBIS Admissions Team.
Student Outcomes: Your child will have a significant advantage of graduating from high school if they attend a private school, and will be surrounded by peers who also aspire to graduate - the real proof of a private school’s quality is in student outcomes. What is the University acceptance rate of graduates and which colleges and universities have graduates been accepted into?
RBIS consistently achieves excellent examination results
2020 100% of our A level students were awarded A*-C grades
2020 88% of our A level students were awarded A*-B grades
2020 On average our A level students achieved over 1 grade higher than their target grade.
2019 100% of our A level students were awarded A*-C grades
2019 100% of our AS level students were awarded passing grades
2019 100% of our IGCSE students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics
2019 100% of our one-year IGCSE students achieved 100% A* - C grades
International University destinations include those in the United Kingdom, the United States of America Australia, Switzerland and the Philippines to name but a few.
Thai Universities include; Bangkok, Mahidol, Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Kasetsat and Stamford.
Many families follow a similar path; they start by looking at academic data such as examination pass rates. Next, they look for school information on practical matters specific to their needs, such as before- and after-school care, diversity in the student population, or extracurricular offerings.
Dedicated teachers: Parents value dedicated teachers because they want their children to receive the best possible education from their school. With access to proper curriculum and an environment to support all learning styles, highly devoted teachers provide greater opportunities to help students succeed. Private school teachers can be one of the starting points for the best education for your child.
Look for high quality teachers rather than “highly qualified” teachers. Naturally you will find that all of the RBIS teaching team are qualified and experienced professionals; as importantly will also find them to be warm in character, strong in communications skills, excited about the curriculum and about wider opportunities to help our students along the paths of growth.
In the Secondary School our experienced team are able to provide appropriate personal guidance and mentoring as we help students grow in maturity and confidence to take their place as successful university students.
Safe learning environment: When there are more adults on campus relative to the number of students, it is easier for the student body to be supervised and there are more adults ready to step in to help.
The RBIS campus sites provide the safe environment you value for your child.
Parental involvement Many private schools make a strong effort to involve parents, and some require parent participation. These relationships between the school and the family allow parents an enhanced opportunity to understand the full education experience.
Community feel Many private schools make a dedicated effort to create a community environment. When school feels more like a community, students can feel safer, more comfortable, and more passionate about learning.
This is the strength above all strengths for RBIS – a wonderful atmosphere that values each individual, the part they play in the life of the school and the potential they can successfully achieve.
What does the curriculum include? Is it a well-balanced curriculum or heavily academically focused? Why not ask to see a typical pupil timetable to check the ratio of academic to non-academic subjects.
While academics are important at all stages of your child’s education, they are particularly important in Middle School and Secondary School as your child prepares to enter University. Ask for a copy of the RBIS Academic Overview documentation.
Are special classes provided for children whose English doesn’t meet the required standard?
Some schools provide intensive English tuition for students for whom English is an additional language
At RBIS where students require extra support to enable them to function well in their classroom this support is delivered through a specialist EAL programme. Individual needs are determined by initial and ongoing assessments and progress is delivered through a personalized programme of targeted support both within an EAL specific classroom and within the peer group classroom.
What languages does the school teach as compulsory subjects?
English is clearly the everyday language of teaching and learning within the RBIS community. Studying at RBIS means that both Thai and international students are provided with an opportunity to learn about the language and culture of Thailand in line with the legal requirements of Thai education law (As a First Language for native speakers or as an Additional Language for non-native speakers) From the Primary classes RBIS students also study Mandarin as a modern foreign language with YTC and HSK examinations assessing Chinese language proficiency in daily and academic life.
What reports are provided for parents and how often?
At RBIS regular school reports are available through the school management information system (MIS) Schoolbase. The teaching team are happy to work in partnership with students and their families, with reports leading to highly beneficial parent teacher meetings and student led conferences (SLC)
How much contact does the school have with parents?
You can meet the RBIS Headmaster at the front gate of school every morning for an informal chat and catch-up with school news. More formally newsletters and information letters are a regular feature of school life and most importantly contact is a two-way process with school staff happy to meet with parents.
Expectation of Success The mission of the private school attracts students with similar interests, talents, and aspirations. Each student starts the school year with well-defined goals for academic achievement. An investment in private education enables the family to prioritize their child's development and customize their education experience to be successful.
Most importantly – will your child be happy?
You won’t really know the answer until after your child gets to school – so what do you do?
Assess the Head who sets the tone of the school. For example, how well does the Head seem to know his/her existing pupils and their families. Observe and question the existing students and parents of the school. Ask for your son / daughter’s views after the school visit: did the school go out of their way to motivate him/her and make him/her feel welcome?
Private schools like RBIS create an environment where your child can develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. Parents who value small class sizes, increased safety, a connected community and dedicated teachers find that RBIS can be an excellent fit for their child and provide a wonderful educational experience.
Parents also expressed their need for clear information about the application process, such as student eligibility and enrollment deadlines.
Questions you could ask during a visit to your schools of choice . . .
What does a typical school day look like? Let’s think about practical logistics . . .
When does the school days start and end?
The RBIS community starts its working day at 8.00 a.m. each day by paying respect to the national anthem at a flag raising ceremony. With appropriate morning and lunch breaks, the timetabled study day works through until 2.45 p.m. when students have the opportunity to join an extensive programme of 40 ECAs (Extra-Curricular Activities). Most students finish their ECA day at 4.00 p.m.
What are the school’s morning snack and lunch options?
Food choices for morning break and lunchtime are provided by Epicure Catering - Thailand’s premier caterer to the educational sector. Epicure brings together the best of locally based catering services with international standards and practices, offering RBIS students the choices of healthy fresh food. Talk to the Admissions Team if you would like to see a detailed weekly menu.
What extracurricular activities (ECAs) are available to students?
RBIS students benefit from an extensive range of ECAs with some 40 activities supporting academic progress such as storytelling and drama, the creative and performing arts such as Dance Club, Singing Club and instrumental activities, or additional sporting activities such as Ultimate Frisbee.
What are the next steps?